"Are you pitching with him in the backyard?" is a common question I ask of parents of young baseball players. "No, he is not a pitcher." "Doesn't matter," I respond, it can only help." Youth who do not pitch usually do not get enough throwing, so having non-pitchers work on pitching is valuable. Also, pitching without a batter is fun for most kids because there is no intimidation factor. Pitching helps develop solid throwing mechanics and arm strength. It is important work for youth, whether they pitch a day in their life or not.
It is rare for non-pitching youth to play into their teenage years because pitching is a sign of a strong arm. Without a strong arm, advancement very far in the game is rare. Pitching training and the youth pitching tips often help the non-pitchers as much or more than the regular hurler. Practicing pitching is one of the best ways to develop the arm speed and arm strength to advance in the game. Most important, players with incorrect arm action and step direction when throwing can solve accuracy and sore arms with pitching practice.
Youth baseball pitching drills may change a players' natural arm action. Youth pitching tips are important for all players and the changing the arm slot may be for the best in the long run. Finally, care and rest is always necessary when arm soreness develop
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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